Supernatural Review: To Tell the Truth

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What are the odds that Sam and Dean are at odds? Again?

Don't worry, it's not like we really didn't see this one coming. Dean had his Purgatory issues and a vampire friend, Sam didn't look for his brother and tried to live the normal life, they get upset with each other pretty much every season and, well, brothers just don't agree on every single thing.

Sure, you might think that "Citizen Fang" was just another rehash of the Winchester boys arguing with each other, but with this being Supernatural Season Eight, the disagreement with each other feels like it falls into the brothers' questions about their roles in life beyond the obvious and long standing job of hunting things and saving people.

The Dean Smirk

The truth is that Sam and Dean have gone through a lot both physically and emotionally, especially compared to us viewers or even many of the other hunters that do similar work.

For the most part, Dean's been steeped in the monster killing business and it's pretty much been all he's ever known how to do, aside from picking up pretty girls and power eating pieces of pie. Sam on the other hand, did have that taste at the normal life with his short lived career at college and his affinity for having a less black and white approach to eliminating the creatures of the night.

Which in reality, after the journey the two have taken, makes for an interesting turn of events when Dean is sent deep into bloodthirsty Purgatory amping back up his ability to slay and Sam falls back in love (even if I'm still not feeling it) and right into TV nights and meeting the parents.

In a lot of ways, it feels as if the show has come full circle and reignited the old school vibe, with new school flavor.

I can certainly say that for a mid-season finale, I was hoping we would get more of Kevin, Crowley and the tablets, but I understand that really thrusting Sam and Dean's time off back into their faces will only increase the problems and dangers they'll have to face when the time does come to focus back on the larger mythology.

Of course, all you really want is for the brothers to get along and get past their issues.

I was actually glad that Sam genuinely tried to hear Dean out in respect to Benny, and I don't blame him for connecting what seemed like obvious dots when it came to the murder.

And it kills me when Dean pretty much tells Sam that Benny was more of a brother to him. Sure, I get his frustrations and I understand that he's defensive when Benny is accused, but he's got to know that hurts his brother.

Really, these two need to find a way to trust each other and remember that they are brothers, brothers who have both made mistakes, and should be finding ways to cut the crap.

Sam continued to have his flashbacks that still felt far too dreamlike and while I find them to be not really entertaining in the grand scheme, was intrigued when Sam got the present day text from Amelia. Okay, so it wasn't really her, but she did show up at the very end and acknowledged him, so that means he wasn't dreaming, right?

I'm glad she's finally here, but I can only hope that the rest of her story won't feel as bland as her past relationship with Sam. The stakes need to be raised for these two.

Similarly, Dean still has Benny and still trusts Benny, allowing them to take down another vampire and save the day. Yet, it really didn't matter because the whole situation was flawed from the start for them.

But, it was the definite blast from the past reintroduction of crazy Martin from the season five episode "Sam, Interrupted" that really threw reality and trust for a loop.

What can you believe anymore?

I guess you can count on something Dean said back in season one's "The Benders" about people being crazy with Martin turning what can only be seen as evil. Which was rather interesting in not only getting a creepy feeling from him, but where you wanted Benny to save the day. It was a great flip on that whole situation and I'm glad that we'll get to see more of Benny in the future.

But will Dean have to deal with Benny because of it and will Sam ever understand even if he did hang up before hearing the whole story?

There really was a lot to digest in terms of character and it makes me wonder what the end game of the show might be (not that I want it to end). Is the destiny of Sam and Dean to fight monsters until the last gunshot? I'm curious as to how the boys will reconilce their differences and be able to come together.

This was another decent episode for Supernatural, but I'm really hoping that when the show returns January 16 that Sam and Dean get a grip on working as a team, remembering that they are family, and figuring out how to close the gates of Hell.

What did you think of the episode? What do you want to see happen when the show returns? Sound off below!


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I´ve liked this episode but it wasn´t as good as i had expected. I like Benny, but i was far more interested in him in Purgatory, and their relationship with Dean and Castiel then. Still, its good to see him back and i want to know if finally he deserves Dean´s trust.
I wanted to see more about Castiel and his storyline. I hope to see him more after the hiatus and whats going on with Naomi.
About Dean and Sam, i think its okay and necessary for them to have a fall-out so finally can talk and come back hunting together, but because they want to not because they need its their only choice. Kudos to Jeremy Carver and this season gr8. Can´t wait for more!


I inda like Benny so glad to know he will be back. These brothers always have conflict, the same ones just ifferent brothers at different times~ I would have love to see Cass but this episode didnt really warrent his "drop in" I might be alone but I wonder if Elizabeth is a Vampire and she killed Martin and benny to off, food for thought


I liked this episode. It showed Benny really was trying to control himself and that he and Dean could count on each other. I can understand Dean being angry with Sam for taking a year off but only up to a point. Dean took off a year to be with Lisa while he thought Sam was in Hell so it seems a little hypocritical for him to be so mad that Sam did something similar. Hopefully the brothers will make up soon and things will be back to normal.


glad Martin got killed, i really hated him this episode also glad that benny is still alive, and i know im in the minority here but i like the sam flashbacks. 9.5/10


This episode was a pain to sit through! I never thought I would say this, but this should be the last season.


Two plus'for the episode was the inclusion of Martin the hunter and Dean's trick with the cellphone. Maybe because I feel the Sam/Amelia relationship was just as quickly forced upon us without any real direction, that I find those scenes lacking. The fact that Sam would drop everything and run like a puppy dog (yes I meant the pun) to Amelia was forcing the story further until Dean pulled the rug out from that one. As for Martin, his inclusion served to see how far the brothers have come and what any regular hunter would do in the situation. Dean's defense of Benny just seemed so hypocritical since Dean used to be the no-nonsense hunter who killed Sam's childhood monster friend last season. Overall, disappointing episode. I wanted more Cas, Crowley and especially the stunning Amanda Tapping as Naomi, I mean she appears twice in two 30 second clips. Like thats a good job of getting us interested in that story.


I for one was seriously disappointed with this episode since it was to be the mid-season finale. While I like Benny as a character I just find it so hard to visualize that Dean and Benny have such a strong bond that Dean says Benny has been more of a brother to him than Sam. I mean we have had 7.5 seasons that solidified the relationship between Sam and Dean and then in the course of an off-screen break between seasons that Benny/Dean somehow tops that?


What a great mid-season finale! No Cas, barely any Sam and heaps of Dean and Benny!
The flashbacks of Amelia did drive me nuts and I was happy that it showed Sam leaving her, but when he went back and she saw him, I was so annoyed. I seriously dislike these two and I hope a demon kills her, because if I have to deal with Amelia all season long, I'll probably begin muting my TV when I see her on-screen.
As for Dean, I was so happy he gave Benny the benefit of the doubt. Though his hunting instincts did come out, he choose to believe Benny and go with what he said. Though I am glad Dean is still a hunter, I'm glad it all worked out. Benny is a great addition to the series and though I feel he may eventually get killed off, I'm happy to take what I can for now.


I hate the Sam storyline. I wanted to see how Castiel's storyline will play out. I really like Benny. I think that this could be the last season. They are definitely running out of ideas. Misha needs to be moved to Arrow or The Vampire Diaries. They are wasting his acting talents.


I wasnt to thrilled with this as a mid-seaon finale...I wanted to be kept on the edge of my seat with a major cliffhanger and all I got was Amelia's dumb face :/

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